Inbox/Outbox: January 6, 2017

Welcome to 2017, readers! We made it through the seemingly eternal garbage fire of 2016. Let’s get reading (and also guard Madonna for the rest of the year).

Inbox (Books Acquired)

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (May 2, Picador)–This one ticks a lot of my boxes: multi-generational, funny, etc., but it really got me with this line from the synopsis: “For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class.”

The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan (April 18, Algonquin Books)— Another multi-generational novel (huzzah!) about an Iranian family, told via the story of the café that’s been in their family for generations.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking (January 17, William Morrow)— Hygge, or the Danish concept that closely translates to “coziness,” is everywhere now. You can feel it slowly becoming commercialized (what’s the over/under it ends up on Goop before the end of the month?), but this book has what looks like a great recipe for braised pork cheeks, so.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Glaxo by Hernan Ronsino, translated by Samuel Rutter (January 17, Melville House)— An eerie novella about a decades-old murder in the Argentinian pampas. Told from three different perspectives, each one jumping farther back in time through adultery and betrayals.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly–Listened to this on audio, and it was so good! It’s the story of the black female mathematicians who worked for NASA from World War II until the 1970s, and were responsible for doing the math and research that sent us to the moon. A great read for space nerds, history buffs, and lovers of an untold story.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Hold Me by Courtney Milan— I suppose Hidden Figures has given me an itch for more Women Doing Science, and I just stumbled on this NPR round-up of STEM romances! I love Courtney Milan, and this romance about two brainy characters and a hero’s feminist awakening sounds excellent.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia–One of my goals this year is to read significantly more books from small presses, and when this urban fantasy novel set in Mexico City that was already on my TBR went on sale for $1.99 (I think?), I snapped it up. I’m about a third through, and I’m entirely here for the story about a teenage girl in the 1980s who can do magic with her record player.

That’s it for me! How was your week (or two, since we were off last week) in reading?

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